The Central Yorke School community is extremely proud of our Performing Arts program. Our instrumental and vocal students perform in public to a wide variety of audiences across the state and participate successfully in competitions. Music concerts are highlights of the year.  The YP Combined Schools Concert Band is based at CYS and consistently receives high recognition at music eisteddfods, including the annual Balaklava Eisteddfod. Drama and Music are taught by specialist teachers from R-12. The Performing Arts are compulsory from Years Reception through 8 and are choice subject for senior students.

Classroom Music & drama

Classroom music and drama are an integral part of the R–8 curriculum and are taught by specialist teachers. In music  students are taught singing, playing, composing and performing. Students are also involved in the school Dance-a-thon, the Music is Fun Band visit and touring musical group performances. Music is offered as a choice subject from Years 10–12. Students have a minimum of three lessons each week, learn a musical instrument with an instrumental music teacher and play in Year level bands and the school Concert Band. In Drama, students develop confidence role-playing, acting, creating their own plays and performing to audiences. They are also involved in the bi-annual Shakespeare festival and school musical.

Festival Choir & Vocal Ensembles

CYS has been involved in the Festival of Music Choir program for many years. Students may join the Festival Choir in Year 4 and students in years 6 and 7 can perform in Adelaide with the Choir. Students in older year levels support the choir and sing in their own senior vocal ensemble. The CYS Choir performs for school assemblies, local functions, with other schools and has featured on national television.

Instrumental Music

CYS students are able to access a variety of instruments from Year 5 and upwards. Instruments include trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and clarinet. Lessons are taught by Education Department IMS teachers (face–to– face at the school or through Distance Education technologies) or by CYS staff. Students may hire instruments through the school, which subsidises the cost.

Combined Schools Concert Band

Instrumental students are invited to join the YP Combined Schools Concert Band (based at CYS) once they have reached sufficient proficiency on their instrument. The Concert Band rehearses each Wednesday afternoon after school and performs at school assemblies, music competitions, local functions and at other YP schools. In the past they have also performed at the Kernewek Lowender, in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and shopping centres and in tours around the Yorke Peninsula.

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Little Groovers

The Little Groovers is a pre–school children and parents music group that meets each Monday at 9.00 – 10.00am  in the Performing Arts Centre. Please contact the school for more information.

Music Performances

Performing is an integral part of the CYS Performing Arts curriculum and students are given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their skills to a wider audience.

  • A formal music concert is held each year in the Performing Arts Centre showcasing the choir, concert band and soloists. This is usually held in late term 3 or early term 4.
  • Year level bands perform at school assemblies and to younger classes.
  • The Concert Band performs at a variety of venues, including Presentation Night, the Maitland ANZAC Dawn Service and in Adelaide at the end of the year.
  • The School Choir and Concert Band both perform each year at the opening of the Maitland Show.

Other Events

Other regular musical events include:

  • The School Musical: Held every other year, the school musical involves all R–8 students, a range of 9–12 students and many staff, both on and off–stage.
  • Music Is Fun Band: The Music Is Fun Band is a regular visitor to CYS, usually in Term 2.
  • Christmas on the Green: An annual event showcasing R–6 students’ music and drama skills.
  • Maitland Music & Arts Club Productions: The school maintains close ties with the club, with many staff and students performing in their musicals.

Performing Arts News

Term 2 SRC Assembly

Term 2 SRC Assembly

The SRC’s Term 2 assembly was held in the Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday June 22. The Assembly began with the Acknowledgement of Land read ...

Anzac Dawn Service 2021

Anzac Dawn Service 2021

CYS staff and students were an integral part of this year’s Anzac Dawn Service held at the Maitland war memorial, with music students performing with ...

Festival Choir Report (Term 1)

Festival Choir Report (Term 1)

Hello my name is Caitlyn . I am the Central Yorke School Primary Festival Choir Captain for 2021.The Festival Choir has over 20 students from ...

YP Vocal Ensemble | Maitland Show Performance

YP Vocal Ensemble | Maitland Show Performance

The YP Vocal Ensemble rehearses every week from 5pm on Wednesdays at Central Yorke school in the PAC. Students involved represent Ardrossan Area School, Central ...

Year 7-9 electives program

Year 7-9 electives program

Our school’s mission is to provide a safe and inspiring environment that allows for quality education for all our students. We work hard to create ...

Performing Arts News

Performing Arts News

All our music groups and special programs were up and running this week creating a buzz of excitement (and a lot of music) around the ...

2021 Music Opportunities

2021 Music Opportunities

Central Yorke School has a long tradition of providing high quality music programs at all year levels with equitable access for all who wish to ...

Music Is Fun Band

Music Is Fun Band

The fabulous ‘Music Is Fun Band’ visited CYS on Monday December 7 and along with the Maitland Lutheran School we enjoyed eighty minutes of nonstop ...

Scratch Programming

Scratch Programming

The Year 5/6s are coding sequential sounds in ‘Scratch’, recreating a bell-ringing round.    ...

‘Sing’ Movie Premiere

‘Sing’ Movie Premiere

This year, the Festival of Music organisers had to reluctantly make the decision not to hold the usual series of concerts at the Adelaide Festival ...

Deb Schwartz

Deb Schwartz

Just recently our very own Deb Schwartz got a write up in the Primary Schools Choir newsletter. The following is a quote from the newsletter. ...

Balinese Shadow Puppets (1)

Balinese Shadow Puppets (1)

The Year 7 students have just started their new Performing Arts unit looking at ‘Wayang Kulit, a style of shadow puppet theatre popular in Indonesia. ...

7/8 Model Instruments

7/8 Model Instruments

The Year 7 and 8 Performing Arts classes built model instruments as part of a unit on ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’. Students could choose to ...

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an ...

One Bottle of Pop

One Bottle of Pop

In Music, the Year 5/6 classes have been investigating ‘Rounds’, special songs with verses written with different tunes that can be sung at the same ...

Abracadabra

In Drama with Mrs Davies, the Year 1 have been learning how to do magic tricks using technology. They took before and after shots on ...

R/1 Music High and Low

R/1 Music High and Low

The R/1 students have been investigating the concepts of high and low pitch in music. We have been learning the ‘Noah Rap’ and pretending to ...

Primary Assembly Term 2

Primary Assembly Term 2

Our Term 2 assemblies have looked very different as we have been using Zoom to meet up each Friday afternoon. Our Week 1 assembly had ...

Forced Perspective | Marshall Smith

Forced Perspective | Marshall Smith

Year 9 student Marshall Smith created this portfolio of ‘Forced Perspective’ photographs for his Performing Arts unit on ‘Altered Perspectives’. Thank you, Marshall and family, ...

Term 1 Performing Arts Programs

Term 1 Performing Arts Programs

The Performing Arts Centre has been a hive of activity for the start of 200, with school Music and Drama classes, MacLit and MiniLit groups, ...